ich weiß gehört nicht hier rein...aber wir schauen es uns ja gerade bei pinkpop an : Wie findet iht denn steve?
May 30 / Pinkpop Festival / Landgraaf, NED
Notes: After a week off, Bruce and the E Street Band start off their European stadium tour in a big way—at the 40th anniversary of Holland's Pinkpop festival. Marking the occasion is the tour premiere of "From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)," requested via a sign on a teddy bear. (On the reverse was "Sweet Little Sixteen"; some fitting, "colorful" Pinkpop requests for "Pretty Flamingo" and "Pink Cadillac" also went unplayed.)
As you might have guessed, the European crowd seemed to be very appreciative of Springsteen's new material, with the whole place singing along with "Outlaw Pete" and very into it. But this 24-song set was the first of the tour without "Hard Times," and "Kingdom of Days" dropped out, too, though it was on the handwritten setlist. Our friend Alex Verhoeff notes: "As he had announced through the Dutch press, the show wasn’t your typical Working on a Dream show. Jan Smeets, the festival's organizer for 40 years, explained that Springsteen feared a standard set would be too long for a group of kids who essentially came for the festival, not necessarily the Boss."
The Killers' set earlier in the day really woke up the Pinkpop crowd and energized them, and they were happy to see the band's singer, Brandon Flowers, join Bruce for "Thunder Road." It was a true guest appearance with Flowers taking two verses himself and harmonizing with Bruce on other parts, sharing the mic, and the crowd ate it up. (Previously, during the Killers' own set, Bruce was briefly seen watching them from the wings and seemingly enjoying himself.)
Annabel Nanninga writes in: "The Dutch press was all over it: The 40th anniversary edition of the Netherlands' most beloved festival would feature that other music critic's darling: Bruce Springsteen. Every newspaper and magazine featured a profile of the Boss, mentioning his significance in American pop culture and his strong opposition against Bush, his working class heroism and his message of hope, like that other American hero: Barack Obama. Had the Dutch been allowed to vote, he would have won with 90% of the popular vote.
"So, hope we had, hope and high expectations for Pinkpop, when the E Street Band took the main stage in the setting sun. 'Badlands' opened, of course. All throughout the field, 60,000 spectators were immediately swept up in the action—Pinkpop was referred to by a critic as 'Bosspop' the next day because the magic started to happen right away.
"Jay Weinberg was stepping in for his dad, and Bruce coached him a lot, pushing him, counting, nodding and producing a huge grin when the apprentice was one step ahead of him by getting it right straight away. Bruce gave him a hard time, but when it was time to say goodbye Jay got hugs and kisses from a proud Boss.
"After 'American Land,' which left the crowd completely ecstatic and begging for— no, demanding more, the occasional listener/Pinkpop visitor got two of the big hits: 'Glory Days' and 'Dancing in the Dark.' A fan named Liselot held up a sign referring to the music video of 'Dancing in the Dark', it read: 'The Dutch Couretney Cox'. She was pulled onstage during the encore, and dancing in the dark they did!
"Then the music stopped, but the unbelievable energy created in the synthesis of Bruce, the E Street Band, and the crowd resonated over the field. Bruce the Preacher, who had vowed during 'Working on a Dream' to build a House of Love, Hope, Faith, Joy and Sexual Healing with us, had done exactly that."
Pinkpop kommt wirklich sehr entspannt rüber. Die Leute haben getanzt und gestrahlt und sind gesprungen - egal in welcher Reihe sie standen, selbst am Ende des Platzes. So gings mir leider letztes Jahr RAR nicht weil der Sound an den Türmen hinten extrem bescheiden war. Vorne hat man auch kaum Gedränge gesehen sondern jeder hat MIT jedem gefeiert und sich nicht rumgeschubst...sehr cool. Aber ist das die Mentalität der Holländer oder liegt es daran dass es ein Pop-Festival ist?
Komisch - beim Livestream kamen Mando Diao echt geil rüber und FranzFerdinand wie ne lahme Ente!!!? Von Placebo hab ich jetzt noch Gänsehaut!!! Geilgeilgeil...freu mich soooo sehr auf Freitag!!! Wegen dem Sonnenbrand ....kühlen hilft!